Press Release

Rep. Cuellar’s Statement on Biden Administration Restarting the Central American Minors Program

Washington | Charlotte Laracy, DC Press Secretary (202-226-1583); Alexis Torres, District Press Secretary (956-286-6007), March 10, 2021

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statement regarding President Biden, the Departments of State and Homeland Security (DHS) reinstating the Central American Minor (CAM) program to reunite children from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras with their parents who are lawfully in the United States:

“I want to thank the Biden administration for listening to border communities and working to find solutions for the influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America arriving at our southern border.

“The Central American Minors program is critical to providing these children with an alternative to undertaking the dangerous, unlawful journey and legally reuniting them with their parents. This is an important first step in addressing the current surge in child migration from Central America; however, there is more to be done.

“If we want to truly address irregular migration, our southern border cannot be the first line of defense.  We must promote an economically prosperous, lawfully secure, and well-governed Central America. Until conditions improve in these countries, the region will continue to be a major transit corridor for illicit drugs and a significant source of irregular migration to the U.S.”